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Why FISA Court Judges Rule The Way They Do

Newly disclosed court opinions and statements from the Obama administration raise big questions about whether the National Security Agency's surveillance programs are too complicated for anyone to understand or oversee. Self-policing comes with big challenges. Is it possible to control the vast spy agency?
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When Most U.S. Forces Leave Afghanistan, Contractors May Stay

Should the Afghan government sign a security agreement, the U.S. plans to keep as many as 9,000 American troops in Afghanistan even after the U.S. and NATO's combat mission officially ends late in 2014. But the remaining U.S. troops will almost certainly be outnumbered by civilian contractors.
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U.S. And Japanese Officials Discuss China's Air Defense Claim

Concerned by China's move to assert itself in an area claimed by Japan, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke with his Japanese counterpart Wednesday. China's military says it monitored Tuesday's flight by U.S. bombers through an air defense zone outlined by China this week.
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Once A U.S. Favorite, Hamid Karzai Now Source Of Frustration

The U.S. wants to nail down a security deal that would allow a limited number of troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. But American officials say the Afghan president keeps making new demands and could put the deal in jeopardy.
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Debate: Does Spying Keep Us Safe?

Some argue that spying on vast numbers of innocent people is a violation of privacy, as well as a waste of security resources. But others argue that mass electronic surveillance is vital to the fight against terrorism. A team of experts debates for the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.
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White House: Iran Deal Delays Potential Nuclear Weapon

Officials from the U.S. and five world powers reached a deal with Iran over the weekend to curb its nuclear program. Melissa Block speaks with Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes about the deal.
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5 Ways The Iran Nuclear Deal Collides With U.S. Politics

President Obama's weakened political standing and the upcoming 2014 elections complicate the future of the historic agreement with Iran.
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President Obama Bets Big On Middle East Diplomacy

The president has often spoken about making a pivot to Asia. But he keeps being drawn to the Middle East. The president's legacy on foreign policy will likely be determined by what ultimately happens in this volatile region.
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Want A File From The NSA? You Can Ask, But You Might Not Get It

Legally, you're allowed to request any record from government agencies, and people are using that right, with gusto, for NSA files. But it's up to agencies to decide which information they will hand over. Here are some examples of records that the NSA has released, when asked, in the past.
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Women Pass Marine Training, Clear First Hurdle To Combat Role

For the first time, three women were among the Marines who graduated Thursday from the two-month combat training course. The U.S. lifted the ban on women in combat earlier this year. Now, the Marines are conducting tests to see if women have what it takes to actually serve in the infantry.

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